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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
, behind in both. governor romney has to shake things up wednesday night. doesn't he? >> he's going to, i mean, every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well. laying out his vision very clearly, and contrasting himself and his vision to whoever the opponent was at that time. when we get to thursday morning, you'll be saying it's a brand-new race with 33 days to go. >> the more we see of governor romney the more voters are going to like him, that hasn't happened yet. on the one hand he has to be assertive with the president but likable with voters. how does that happen? >> be truthful. if you tell the truth about what's going on in our country, people are going to understand that's critical of the president's stewardship, but also to lay out a positive and hopeful vision for what the future can be for our children and grandchildren under a romney administration. i think he can do both. romney can walk and chew gum at the same time. i'm not worried. >> how do you handicap pres
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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
and that's probably a promise that governor romney thinks i kept. >> now one month before election day, the big question, can governor romney double down on his debate win and take control of this race? wiil friday's surprisingly strong jobs report -- >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> -- stop his momentum? we'll ask top advisers to both candidates, robert gibbs for obama, ed gillespie for romney. then insight and analysis on our powerhouse round table with our favorite political odd couple, james carville and mary matalin, plus nobel prize winner paul krugman of "the new york times," peggy noonan from "the wall street journal" and abc's jonathan karl. then -- >> and what would you like for christmas, little boy? get off. >> the week's other political slugfest, bill o'reilly joins us live this morning. >> from abc news, "this week" with george stephanopoulos. it's "your voice, your vote." reporting from abc news election headquarters, george stephanopoulos. >> hello, again, just 30 days now until the final votes, and after the most inten
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
ready to walk into a big arena. there's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderated 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs news hour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates, between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate, and t
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
next. >>> good evening. as we come on the air, president obama and governor romney are preparing for the super bowl of politics. 60 million americans expected to watch the first debate tonight. and it is one of those nights that can change history. we want to show you the stage, right now, at the university of denver in colorado. it is standing by, awaiting the candidates. 34 days until your voice, your vote. and the abc news political team is right there in that room. david muir and jake tapper, ready for the opening round to begin. so, david, start us off. >> reporter: diane, good evening from the debate hall here at the university of denver. you can see the stage behind me. everything planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. but to give you an idea of the intimate setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000, but they've created this intimate setting as
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Oct 4, 2012 5:30pm PDT
at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling with the president tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. yes, that performance by the president that one former democratic party chairman referred to as lethargic, disinterested and passive, was the talk of the campaign today. campaign aides say they don't have any explanation as to why the president was the way he was, other than a general inclination to play it safe, but however cold his performance may have left even some supporters last night, today, the president came out with some fire. before a crowd of 12,000 in denver, the president tried to turn his opponent's polished debate performance into proof of his phoniness. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. a make or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunkering down, cramming for the big debate. what are their secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter. a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble for you and your family. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land under strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose,passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and, so, peop
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Oct 3, 2012 11:35pm PDT
growth. look, we've tried this, the approach that governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003 and ill culminated in the worst financial crisis. >> reporter: romney spoke directly to the president in his answers. obama spoke mostly to the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. >> we still have trillion dollar deficits. the cbo says we'll have a trillion dollar deficit each of the next four years. >> reporter: these two men, they are virtually strangers to each other personally. they've only met in person three times before tonight. most recently, in passing, on a debate stage in new hampshire way back in 2008, when republicans followed democrats in debate three days before the primaries. and there was this brief encounter on the campaign trail in 2007. >> good luck to you today. >> reporter: and while they have both reached the pinnacle of party politics, they are so different. their talents and their paths to power and their debate styles. so much at stake on that stage tonight. this showdown comes at what might be the critical moment in this campai
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
on the stage. president barack obama and governor mitt romney both in marathon training sessions. their wives and running mates carrying the banners today with mixed results. 35 days to go. "your voice, your vote." our political team is back. abc's jake tapper and abc's david muir inside the debate hall right now. covering it all. jake starts us off. >> reporter: good evening, diane. the two candidates largely kept to themselves today. leaving the hard work of campaigning to their surrogates. who hit the campaign trail in a fever pitch. not always staying on message. in battleground state north carolina, the vice president tried to assail the republican ticket, but he did so in way that brought fire upon himself. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: paul ryan pounced. >> vice president biden, just today, said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. [ applause ] >>
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday morning, george. >> reporter: president obama is keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has got to be president. this is the guy that killed osama bin laden. i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he's got to relax. >> mitt romney keeps hammering president obama's foreign policy. in a new op-ed, romney calls for a new strategy in the middle east. at the mercy of events rather than shaping them.
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see the candidates side by side in what many say is a make-or-break opportunity for governor romney to try to narrow that gap in the polls. tonight both sides in debate prep, both sides trying to lower expectations, but there was a notable exception that one of romney's top supporters predicted on abc's "this week." it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's david kerley starts us off tonight in washington. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church, but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers. it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate, and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's "this week." >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well, so i have absolute confidence that when we get to thursday morning, george, all of you are going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >> reporter: christie is way off the romney campaign s
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Oct 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
candidates trying to capitalize on their own momentum. governor romney fueled by his debate performance in florida all weekend long drawing his biggest crowds yet and president obama with that new unemployment number back to where it was when he took office teaming up with bill clinton in california, and clinton will be on the campaign trail all week, and this as a new gallup poll showing a tighter race after the debate. the president now up by just three points after being up by six points at his peak. abc's david kerley is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. >> reporter: 9,000 flag-waving romney supporters jammed the town square, 6,000 last night, all ready to turn the president out of office. >> you all have the chance to hear his answers or his not answers -- nonanswers. now, of course, days later we're hearing his excuses, and next january we'll be watching him leave the white house for the last time. >> reporter: team romney is feeling the momentum from his debate performance, and the obama campaign is admitting even the president realizes he didn't perform at hi
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm PDT
to ask themselves is the reason go governor romney is keeping all of these plans to replace secret because they are too good? >> but time and again, romney had the last word. >> you know what, i have to respond to that. it is my experience as a governor is if i come in and lay down a piece of legislation and say it is my way or the highway, that will get a lot done. >> romney's stock is up 28 rs. the president's stock fell 10%. it is pretty clear that romney had more energy and was in more control of the evening. the biggest loser? jim lehrer. >> a lot of people said that. that is just round one. more to come. >> voters on both sides turned out at viewing parties around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney who was the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there with them. >> the
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Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm PDT
republican governor before romney even arrived. the governor tweeting about huge economic gains there. "tampa, st. pete, clearwater and miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in the country." a tricky balance for romney, arguing voters change course amid an improving picture. romney emphatic it is not going quickly enough. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: but economists say in this jobs report, that's not entirely the case. some have dropped out, but there's also been a surge in the number of baby boomers retiring. and there was more hiring in recent months than first thought. and romney working to win over voters who are out of work. now offering this about those comments he made about the 47%. the americans, he said, he doesn't worry about, those he said he can't convince to take personal responsibility. >> clearly, in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question/answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am PDT
: president obama and mitt romney will face off in their first presidential debate tonight. >> governor romney and president obama will meet behind me. >> reporter: what happens on this stage could be pivotal with only five weeks until election day. the first debate will focus on the economy and domestic policy. both took a break tuesday, with mitt romney grabbing a bite to eat in denver, president obama visited the hoover dam for the first time. >> the president: it is spectacular. >> reporter: both relied heavily on their running mates to lead their campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: it didn't take long for republican vice presidential hopeful ryan to pounce on that comment. >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been "buried." we agree. >> reporter: the latest poll shows the race for president is still close. which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the election. after a couple of coin tosses last night we learned president obama w
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Oct 4, 2012 1:40am PDT
for job growth. look, we've tried this, the approach governor romney is talking about is the same sales pitch made in '01 and '03 and it all culminated in the worst financial crisis since the great depression. >> the president struggled to score points on what polls show is romney's biggest vulnerability. most voters believe he favors the rich. obama tried to portray the romney/ryan plan for medicare in that light. >> when you move to a voucher system you are putting seniors at the mercy of the insurance companies and over time if traditional medicare has decayed or fallen apart then they're stuck. >> reporter: for his part, romney zeroed in on what may be obama's vulnerability, the unpopularity of his health care plan and the sense that he took his eye off the economic ball when he pushed for it. terry moran, abc news, new york. >> our debate coverage continues now with abc's senior washington editor rick klein. >> rick, good morning. pundits on beth side of the aisle giving this to romney. we are expecting zingers, style, not substance, a whole lot of spinach on the plate. did i
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Oct 5, 2012 1:40am PDT
governor romney's math just doesn't add up. and i had to spend a lot of time last night trying to -- pin it down. he traveled to wisconsin where he told the second rally -- >> i want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on ""sesame street."" >> reporter: in a brutally frank admission the obama campaign said they will make strategic changes after the disappointing debate performance wednesday night. rob? reena? >> thanks a lot, t.j. interesting stat on the debates. 67 million people tuned in. it was the most watched debate since 1992, take you back, that was clinton. clinton. the first president bush, and ross perot. remember ross perot? that was -- that was quite an election. >> lots of fodder for "saturday night live." >> whew, was it. i think it was dana car i have who did it. >> dana car i have, yeah. >> democratic operatives were hoping no one was watching the debate. which they knew wasn't the case. but -- >> people thought maybe 40 million, 50 million. 67 million no one expected the number. so that really
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
already on who is going to have the best zingers. governor nor romney is a good debater. >> reporter: as they hunker down for practice poll show americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose entitle a new poll this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to be saying it is a new race. >> reporter: president obama is holding debate prep in nevada, working on keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has to be president. he killed osama bin laden i think he can stand up to mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy calling for a new strategy in the mideast saying the oba
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm PDT
tut can you tell. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 dwrinl tax cut. >> i'm in the looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> fact check? the president is wrong to say romney's plan will add $5 twrinl to the deficit. romney said as he did last night the plan to lower the rate will be offset by closing loopholes and limiting deductions. and romney won't identify which loopholes or deduction. and concluded it's not possible to find enough loopholes and deductions. romney criticized that study. >> he cite a study. there are six studies looking at that study you described and say it's wrong. >> studies romney are talking about are from his own backers and advisors and a former advisor to george w. bush. on medicare, romney said the president's plan will limit care. >> this is going to tell people what kind of treatments they can have. >> this board can't make decisions about what treatments are given. that is prohibited in the law. >> the president is right on this one. the payment advisory board can make recommendations on drugs and medical devices that will be covered but
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
>>> good morning, america. clash of the candidates. governor romney and president obama face off on the economy, jobs, even big bird. the challenger, on offense. >> you're entitled to your own airplane, and your own house. but not to your own facts. >> five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> did romney turn the race around? our powerhouse political team here live with all the latest. >>> home invasion. reports of shots fired at ashton kutcher's hollywood mansion. the s.w.a.t. team swooping in to rescue three employees at g gunpoint. the manhunt under way right now. was it a high-stakes robbery or a hoax? >>> meet the bully. the man behind the e-mail who sparked national outrage. he's not backing down. what he's saying to her now. and how she's firing back. >>> and let's get ready to rumble. two titans of television, o'reilly and stewart, just days away from their own supersmackdown. but before their face-off, jon stewart is here, going head to head. and he's in a fighting mood. >> oh, yeah. it's on! >>> little debate poster up there. good mor
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am PDT
your own airplane, and your own house. but not your own facts. >> under governor romney's definition, donald trump is a small business. >> heavy with specifics. but pretty light on fireworks. >> was it a mismatch? overwhelming response this morning as to who won the debate. we'll get expert analysis. >>> and some are calling it the big bird debate. talk of the "sesame street" star going viral overnight. we'll explain why. >>> good morning, everyone. mitt romney returns to the campaign trail this morning, with new momentum after a very strong performance. >> indeed. the debate ranged from the extremely serious, some would say even wonky, to the very silly. whether big bird should be fired. abc's brandi hitt is joining us from denver with more. good morning, brandi? >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. this debate has been the biggest moment so far in this race. and for much of the night, president obama looked very relaxed on stage. and mitt romney pounced, putting the president on defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obam
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00pm PDT
to lower expectations a bit. >> there governor romney is a good debateor, i'm just okay. >> americans found 56% expect the president to win the debate. >> and lowered expectations could be good for romney. his campaign can leave denver with some momentum. >> and you can see first debates here on abc 7. there is a white house official confirms someone tries to hack into its computer system but says it was not successful. officials said an unclassified network was targeted there is no evidence data was removed. there is no confirmed details and a report says hackers working for chinese government were able to access a network last month. >> there is a 72-year-old man thankful for good neighbors today, take a look. his apartment caught fire left him hanging from a third floor window. there is the crowd below ready for him. >> this is where i can hold on. >> and this is good. >> and the man covered just a bruised he'll in this fall. >> there is a great job in there. >> a teacher is accused of trying to take out a hit on a fellow teacher, police say they recorded him in the a
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
point the american people have to ask is the reason governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, because they are too good? >> reporter: tom time and again romney had last word. >> i have to -- >> i have to respond which is my experience as a governor, if i come in and lay down a piece of legislation and say it is my way or the highway, i don't get a lot done. >> that was political reporter mark matthews. if you missed the debate you can see it by going to abc7news.com. >>> next debate a week from today in danville, kentucky. vice president biden and congressman ryan face off. abc 7 will air the debate live. >>> 4:35, san francisco archdiocese will install a new archbishop this afternoon. two thousand people are expected to watch. he was pained by pope benedict xvi in july to replace retiring archbishop. the 56-year-old was bishop of oakland and is a staunch supporter of prop 8, california's ban on same-sex marriage. gay rights supporters plan to protest outside today's event. he is due in court next tuesday to face a d ui charge in san francisco after -- after be
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Oct 5, 2012 12:00am PDT
last word, so i'm going to take it. >> this is a major difference that governor romney and i have. >> we're running out of time. >> jim. >> respond to that. >> two minutes is up, sir. >> no, i think i had five seconds before you interrupted me. >> i have to respond to that, which is, my experience as a governor. >> let's look at this. >> romney earlier mentioned. >> like anything that's been tried before. >> well, bring down rates -- >> commission. >> i heard the romney clan. >> from the university of denver, i'm jim lehrer. >> and back into retirement. just wanted to get through the hot topics. normally i watch these debates with some of the people that work here but to honest, i'm sick of those people. i thought it would be fun to bring kids in, instead. kids love politics. so, i organized a little focus group to get their opinions of the debate, and here that are now. hi, guys. thank you so much for coming. do you know what a debate is? >> it's when two of the people that want to be president, say what they're going to do. >> jimmy: that's exactly right. so, let's take a look a
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Sep 30, 2012 9:00am PDT
debates. we believe governor romney will get more benefit but what we're going to tell the american people is exactly where we are as a country, where we need to go, how we rebuild an economy that makes the middle-class secure. >> carolyn: president's advisories say mitt romney may come up with zingers on wednesday night but that is not something that voters will be basing their vote on. >> critical mass in 300 cities worldwide as the group celebrates two decades of pushing for cyclists rights. in san francisco a farewell bike ride begins at 1:00 this afternoon starting at 16th and heading to ocean beach. friday's massive anniversary ride tied up traffic during the evening commute but there were no arrests. >>> bay area moms are supporting a georgia whoever who was kicked out of a restaurant after refusing to breast-feed her baby in the restroom. a nurse in was held at restaurant on friday. a group called mothers right to choose organized it. >> its nationwide rally that support the mother that was kicked out of georgia restaurant for breastfeeding her child. >> carolyn: they have i
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Oct 4, 2012 1:05am PDT
themselves is the reason go governor romney is keeping all of these plans to replace secret because they are too good? >> but time and again, romney had the last word. >> you know what, i have to respond to that. it is my experience as a governor is if i come in and lay down a piece of legislation and say it is my way or the highway, that will get a lot done. >> romney's stock is up 28 rs. the president's stock fell 10%. it is pretty clear that romney had more energy and was in more control of the evening. the biggest loser? jim lehrer. >> a lot of people said that. that is just round one. more to come. >> voters on both sides turned out at viewing parties around the bay area to watch the presidential debate. leslie brinkley was on both sides to gauge rex a. she is live in -- on both sides to gauge reaction. >> there is a lot of baseball analogies. some say obama hit a homerun, and others say romney whothe al. the allstar. >> i think he hit a homerun. we have two victories in the bay area with the oakland a's and the giants, and i think the president is there with them. >> the natio
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Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
coming together here at university of denver where governor romney will stand on the same stage with the president for the first time. in early september he spent days at the secluded retreat in vermont then more practice in los angeles then just this weekend in boston. and playing the role of the president in those mock debates, senator rob portman of ohio. portman taking pointed shots at romney and his answers, as top romney advisers looked on, studying not only romney's answers but his body language. romney joking, portman playing the president so well. >> he is playing barack obama in the mock debates we have, i don't like him very much anymore. all right. >> reporter: governor romney studying president obama's past debates, which offers romney an opportunity to exceed expectations. republican chris christie predicting just that. >> shaking your head saying it is a brand new race. >> reporter: and running mate paul ryan hanging success on the debates. >> the debate phase in this campaign. we will make this case in our debates. >> reporter: that debate will be held here in denver.
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00pm PDT
. new race for presidency. governor romney charging hard on foreign policy. we're there. and behind of scenes of the obama campaign. and that incredible nascar crash, 25 cars piled up on the final lap. we know this happens to us, too, on highways, tonight there are lessons from pros for >>> workers in a nature preserve had to use unusual tactics to catch a giant panda. it's now ready to go into the wild. workers had to put on panda costumes, take a look and use plenty of bamboo. and that not all. to gain trust they had to smear panda urine and feces on their clothes. nothing builds trust like that. this is to ensure it's survival. >> it and worked. >> and a new record at half moon bay pumpkin contest. 1775 pounds missed last year's weight and $650 for every pound. and there are other growers that weighed in as well. >> this is a dae they wait for. giant gourds go for gold in a pumpkin weigh off. bigger is better, competition is tough. >> there is two time winner arrived with this monster from oregon. and his kids are missing school for this event. >> and there is like a second job, fun
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
president and governor romney face-to-face for their first debate so much pressure and our political team. will be here on world news to tell what you to be watching for. >> also, peanut butter recall, there is a patient coming forward on world news so you'll know if it's flu or something different and that is after abc 7 news at 5:00. >> tonight you can catch abc news special coverage of the debate starting at 6:00 tonight and afterwards catch the middle at 8:00, the neighbors then jep ti di. and stick around for katie at 10:00 and breaking news as it happens all the time on abc 7 news at 11:00. >>> run for your lives. no. you're list yeng of the sounds of the earth. etc. an electromagnetic phenomenon. the space agent sent two probes into fleiss learn more. this is a sound that is out of this world. >> a theater company is celebrating its 10th anniversary. >> san francisco play house moving to a bigger theater opening with a controversial musical next week. >> there is a preview. >> rehearsal of andrew jackson. remembering the 7th president z performing as construction goes on. >> t
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
in the media are speculating who is going to have the best zingers. no, no. governor romney, he's a great debater. >> reporter: the new poll shows him with the razor-thin lead among voters. when voters are asked who they expect to win, 63% of voters told us they think the president will win in november. as for the all important debate, 56% said they expect the president to win. both campaigns deep in debate prep. both trying to lower expectations. >> all right. >> reporter: with one notable exception. republican chris christie telling george, expect a difference race. >> when we get to thursday morning, george, you'll be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and if the president argues that romney wants to cut taxes for the rich, christie's response -- >> stop lying. he's saying that the wealthy will pay just as much. >> reporter: romney does say he would eliminate tax cuts across the board, but would lower common deductions, too. with the new poll showing the majority expecting the president to win the debate, the president's focus will be to avoid unforced e
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
think the american people have to ask is the reason governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families are going to benefit too much from them? >> pundits are saying no knock-out punch by either. they are saying romney's aggressive performance was what he needed for his campaign. next debate in kentucky a week from today biden against ryan. >>> the san francisco archdiocese will install a new archbishop at a special mass this afternoon. two thousand people are expected to watch cordileone become the city's 9th archbishop he was appointed in july to replace retiring ash bishop -- archbishop george niederauer. cordileone is a staunch supporter of ban on same-sex marriage. >>> later this morning, protest held against google over its decision not to remove anti-islamic video made by a southern california film maker that sparked violence in several countries. organizers of the protest are meeting at 10:00 they want the video taken off youtube google has refused saying captain is not in the business o
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
. >> the president: at some point, i think the american people have to ask is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret, balls they are too good? is it because that some -- because they are too good? is it because that somehow middle class families will benefit too much? >> pundits are saying romney's aggressive performance last night was what he needed to do to generate much needed momentum for his campaign. >> bay area voters tuned in to watch and react. >> romney was came out much stronger than probably obama figured he would. >> i think obama kept his cool. i think he has answered everything in reasonable, honest, nonmud-slinging way. >> there was also reaction to the performance of the moderator, many critiqued him for allowing the candidates to keep talking well beyond their time limits. next debate a week from today in kentucky when biden and ryan face off. the vp debate -- >> san francisco archdiocese will install a new archbishop this afternoon. two thousand people are expected to watch cordileone become the city's 9th archbishop appointed by
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Oct 8, 2012 4:30am PDT
as governor. he served 12 years in congress, he was 86. >>> presidential race tightening both on the road. president obama coming to san francisco this afternoon. mitt romney is enjoying a bounce in virginia to talk foreign policy. tahman bradley has the latest. >> reporter: overnight, the stars came out to help president obama. bill clinton and katy perry were on hand at a fundraiser one of five vents expected to ad 10 million dollars to the campaign -- after mr. obama and democrats raised 181 million dollars last month. thanking the performers the president made a joke about his lackluster performance last week. >> the president: they perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: mitt romney is on the stump, drawing huge crowds, 9,000 in florida. >> you have the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. [ laughing ] >> now of course we are hearing his excuses. >> reporter: new poll confirms rom tphaoep picked up momentum after the debate, president obama is leading three points after up by six points at his peak. tahman bradley, abc news,
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Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
bit too. >> get the upgrade courtesy of ben? >>> first on this monday, president obama and mitt romney are on opposite sides of the country today with the president in california and the governor in virginia with just, thankfully, 29 days to go. >> but who's counting. this morning a new gallup poll is showing a tighter race. the president is up three points after being up six points at his peak. abc's karen travers has all of the latest now from the campaign trail. >> reporter: california is safely in president obama's corner, but he's not there looking for votes. he's raising campaign cash, a lot of it. >> are you fired up? >> reporter: the stars came out. george clooney, stevie wonder, jon bon jovi, and katy perry, all on hand to support the president's re-election. >> everything we fought for in 2008 is on the line here in 2012, and i need your help to finish what we started. >> reporter: it will be a lucrative california swing. over two days the obama campaign's expected to raise a minimum of $9.5 million. no surprise that the president is shattering fund-raising records. last mont
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00am PDT
showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place this morning at 8:00 when republican new jersey governor chris christie faces off with white house senior advisor david. don't miss "this week " coming up with stephanopoulos. >>> assignments between 175 and $170 for jobs. for more information go to abc7news.com and click on see it on tv. >>> critical mass events are continuing today in more than 300 cities worldwide. as the group celebrates two decades of pushing for cyclists rights. in san francisco a farewell bike ride begins at 1:00 this afternoon. starting at 16th and valencia and heading to ocean beach. friday's massive anniversary ride through san francisco snarled streets during the evening commute, but there were no arrests. >>> bay area moms are supporting a georgia mother who was kicked out of other restaurant after refusing to breastfeed her baby in the restroom. a nurse-in was held at this apple bees in alameda yesterday. a group called mother's right to choose organiz
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am PDT
. president? >> yeah, what's up? >> mr. president, governor romney has just said that he killed osama bin laden. [ laughter ] would you care to respond? >> uh, no, you two go ahead. [ laughter ] >> reporter: a few more debates to come. the gallup daily tracking poll that i mentioned there is an average of over seven days. even though the president is ahead, if you look inside the numbers, the president ahead by five points. five days after, the two men 47/47. >> he's going to press the attack with a foreign policy speech focusing on that attack that killed the american ambassador in libya. >> he's going to take on the administration in this, george. in fact, the campaign giving me a preview of what they're going to say later. the attack in benghazi was likely the work of the same forces that attacked on september 11th. not the reprehensible movie on islam that the administration has been talking about for several days after the attack. he's going full steam on this. >> and diane sawyer and i will have live coverage of the v.p. candidates, joe biden and paul ryan go at it this thursday, 9:
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see these two guys side by side, laying out their vision unfiltered. and i think that's going to be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> reporter: and an adviser for romney says they're preparing for romney to come armed. >> they've been practicing zingers for months. >> reporter: abc news political analyst matt dowd says at this point, romney and obama advisers are style over substance. >> the debates that have changed people's minds have all been about physical characteristics and mannerisms really in the modern age and not substance or policy issues. >> reporter: both have challenges. the president needs to keep his answers short to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. and romney must come across relatable and really connect with the voters. karen travers, abc news, washington. >> hmm. >> all right. >> talking about the whole style not substance? >> style. style is important. and particularly just likability,
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
political contributor, matthew dowd here with me. unlikely mitt romney is going to bring up this tape tonight. but the governor is behind nationally. and especially in the key battleground states. do they think they have to shake things up tonight? >> reporter: they absolutely do, george. i talked to a half-dozen advisers over the last 24 hours, and they all agree, he has to establish three things here on the stage behind me. he has to offer a blistering critique of the president. the second thing, though, is criticism within his own party that he needs to offer more details. forward-looking specifics. expected to offer a little more about his tax plan. there's been questions about the tax cuts across the board. which deductions would he eliminate? he's been practicing with that question. they also said they would be surprised, stunned, in fact, if the 47% comments did not come up in this debate. he's been practicing on that, as well. and lastly, this is their words, he doesn't have to win a charm contest, a charm offensive on this stage. he does need to connect with americans and the
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place this morning at 8:00 when republican new jersey governor chris christie faces off with white house senior advisor david pluff. don't miss "this week" coming up with stephanopoulos. >> critical mass events are continuing in 300 cities. as they push for rights of bicyclists. in fran a farewell bike ride begins at 1:00 this afternoon at 16th and valencia and going to ocean beach. friday's massive 20th anniversary ride through san francisco snarled city streets during the evening commute but there were no arrests. >> new this morning, seem san rafael leaders will consider the county's most strict anti-smoking ordinance to date. it would ban smoking at all apartments and condominiums, in addition to outdoor places like parks and patios. sidewalks would also be off-limits. however the our media partner reports a draft ordinance would allow smoking in those areas if someone is walking while they are smokin
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